We, The Anarchists - A Study of the Iberian Anarchist Federation (FAI) 1927-37

We, The Anarchists - A Study of the Iberian Anarchist Federation (FAI) 1927-37

We, The Anarchists - A Study of the Iberian Anarchist Federation (FAI) 1927-37, by Stuart Christie

Published by The Meltzer Press in 2000, 127 pages. Paperback (N3732)

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This book is a fascinating history of one of Spain's most radical political organisations that agitated in small, loose knit groups of militants, and provides a detailed, scholarly study of the Iberian Anarchist Federation (FAI), a group of twentieth-century militants dedicated to keeping Spain's largest labour union, the CNT, on a revolutionary, anarcho-syndicalist path.....

Stuart Christie's analysis covers the history of Spanish anarchism and the Spanish Civil War, and provides lessons relevant to today's largely neutered labour movement. His intimate knowledge of the FAI provides a vital historical correction for this much maligned and misunderstood group, and the book is undoubtedly essential reading for anyone interested in the Spanish Civil War and resistance to twentieth-century fascism.

One review of the book stated: Since the official borth of organised anarchism at the Saint Imier Congress of 1872, no anarchist organisation has been held up to greater opprobrium or subjected to such gross misrepresentation than the Federaciun Anarquista Iberica, better known by its initials - FAI

There are two dimensions to this book. The first is descriptive and historical: it outlines the evolution of the organised anarchist movement in Spain and its relationship with the wider labour movement. At the same time it provides some insight into the main ideas which made the Spanish labour movement one of the most revolutionary of modern times. The second is analytical and tries to address from an anarchist perspective the problem of understanding and coping with change in the contemporary world; how can ideals survive the process of institutionalisation?

In tracing the history of the CNT and FAI it is clear that anarchist organisations, like all other organisations and civilisations before them, are subject to a process of rise and fall. Whether or not they achieve their short- or long-term objectives — unless they are that rarest of things, a genuinely ad hoc body whose members know when to hold and fold their cards ñ even the most committed libertarian and directly democratic organisations degenerate. From being social instruments set up to meet real social needs they become transformed into self-perpetuating institutions with lives and purposes of their own, distinct to and in tension with the objectives which called them into being in the first place

The author of this book has had a long connection with both anarchism and Spain, and in 1964, at the tender age of 18, he was sent to prison for 22 years in Spain for attempting to assasinate the Spanish fascist dictator Franco

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